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Old 12-22-2009, 07:11 AM
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Anderson Connectors?

Anyone familiar with Anderson 2 pole connectors? I'm using one on a street rod that's mounted under the car, and used as a 12 volt access terminal to jump the car's battery if needed (battery is in the trunk, and trunk lid is battery operated). It is blue in color, and presently has a dust cover on it, but I'm looking for a male plug to fit into the female housing that's mounted on the car presently. I'm thinking that I'll mount a set of battery cables onto the male plug and use it to jump the battery in case of battery failure. I've seen a photo on the Internet of one, and it looks like only one housing for these connectors, but it seems if you take two housings, turn one upside down, they will fit together as a pair, at least that's how I see it. Also, I'm wondering how the two contacts fit and stay in the housing?

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if the batt can't be accessed,,,
jump start the car at the starter solonoid batt cable connect with standard jumpers "if" needed someday....

KISS????
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12 Volt Plug

Hey BYB, I have one on my truck for trailer winch hookup. They have a spring loaded blade inside to force the two halves together. Good thing you have the dirt cover, cause they don't work worth a dam if just slightly dirty. You can find the corresponding halves on the net and at RV/4x4 shops. olnolan
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if the batt can't be accessed,,,
jump start the car at the starter solonoid batt cable connect with standard jumpers "if" needed someday....

KISS????
The starter is harder to get to where theAnderson connector is right under the pass. door and easy to get at. I'd like to just plug it in, open the trunk to access the battery. Or, just start the car! KISS??? I'm sorry, but isn't dinner and a movie appropiate before anything further?
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KISS= Keep It Simple Stupid

Electric forklifts often use a double pole plug for easy battery swaps. You might look around for one of those.
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it's called the KISS "principle",,,short for "keep it simple stupid"....
(no offense intended)

"if" the batt charge state is sooooo low that the trunk release solonoid doesn't work to get at the batt to jump it,,,,for safety you really should plug in a slow charger till the trunk will open....

totally depleted batt's have a nasty habit of going reverse polarity when hit with major amps....
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Here's the type of plugs I was talking about.

http://www.ccpowerltd.co.uk/batteryplugs.htm
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Here's the type of plugs I was talking about.

http://www.ccpowerltd.co.uk/batteryplugs.htm
Yep, that's the one. I've got the blue one.
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it's called the KISS "principle",,,short for "keep it simple stupid"....
(no offense intended)

"if" the batt charge state is sooooo low that the trunk release solonoid doesn't work to get at the batt to jump it,,,,for safety you really should plug in a slow charger till the trunk will open....

totally depleted batt's have a nasty habit of going reverse polarity when hit with major amps....
LOL I was just joking about the "KISS" thing. No offense taken. What happened was the car was parked in the shop with the lights left on, and a week or so later, my son removed the carb to do some work on it (it's still on the bench!) and I attempted to open the trunk, only to find that the battery was dead. After discovering that the light switch was on, I knew why. I used two screwdrivers and a battery pack to open the trunk lid, and now the Optima is on a 2 AMP trickle charge until I need to put it back in. That will happen after I install the new Taylor aluminum battery box I received for Christmas (no secrets in my house).
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Growing up in Idaho, I noticed a LOT of trucks/pickups
with connectors like the connectors on an old welder.
Very large but simple "bullet" connectors.

Most of these guys used the outlets for jumping dead cars in the winter.
(no point in fighting 2 hood and 2 batteries in sub ZERO weather.)
'Cause, ya know, those GM side terminal batteries are a pain to get cables
attached with a good connection.
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...I'm looking for a male plug to fit into the female housing that's mounted on the car presently.
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Yep, that's the one. I've got the blue one.
Thats an Anderson SB-Family connector. (click for more info)

They come in four different sizes:
50 Series (50 amp)
120 Series (120 amp)
175 Series (175 amp)
350 Series (350 amp)

All four series are available in blue, so you need to figure out what series you have.

Measure across the face of your connector:
SB-50 is 1-7/16" wide,
SB-120 is 1-13/16",
SB-175 is 2-3/16", and
SB-350 is 2-3/4" wide.

Your connector is most likely an SB-175 or SB-350. If it is, here is one place I know you could buy one:
WaytekWire.com

Here are links to their product pages:

$ 12.11 Blue SB-175 housing with - 4 ga. terminals, - 2 ga. terminals, - or 1/0 ga. terminals.

$ 18.04 Blue SB-350 housing with 2/0 ga. terminals.

Hope this helps...
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.... I've seen a photo on the Internet of one, and it looks like only one housing for these connectors, but it seems if you take two housings, turn one upside down, they will fit together as a pair, at least that's how I see it.
You are 100% correct.


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...Also, I'm wondering how the two contacts fit and stay in the housing?
There is a keeper spring in the plug housing that locks the terminals in place. Here is a cut-away view:

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Thanks a bunch, Joe, for all that great information. I now understand a lot more about these connectors.
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another favorite saying: "work smart not hard"

no need to pop the trunk to hook up that slow charger...

charger positive on the alt power post connect (which is direct to the batt) and neg to the engine....

another: "an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure"

"if" there is exposed batt direct cabling along the bottem of the car to the connect point under the door,,,,protect it from crap flying up under the car while driving....
flex/spiral wrap metal conduit cover?
sheet metal cover?
even pvc pipe is better than nothing....

best holiday wishes to all

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another favorite saying: "work smart not hard"

no need to pop the trunk to hook up that slow charger...

charger positive on the alt power post connect (which is direct to the batt) and neg to the engine....

another: "an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure"

"if" there is exposed batt direct cabling along the bottem of the car to the connect point under the door,,,,protect it from crap flying up under the car while driving....
flex/spiral wrap metal conduit cover?
sheet metal cover?
even pvc pipe is better than nothing....

best holiday wishes to all

red
Good point Red. Thanks
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